Joanna Crosby

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of History
 Joanna Crosby



I took a ten year gap between my BA (in English Literature and History at Leicester Polytechnic) and my MA (Heritage Management, Ironbridge Institute). After which my varied career in all aspects of university administration continued for another few years. Having been made redundant from English Heritage, I decided to go for the PhD. I am self funded, which is a challenge. I have worked as a food historian, writing articles, giving cookery demonstrations and lecturing on a number of topics. For a few years I worked with a chocolate company and researched and lectured on the history of chocolate. Now my main culinary interest is in all things apple-related, and in Victorian cookery. I have completed chapters on the Wassailing tradition and related folk ceremonies, on the economic place of the apple, on the cultural importance and symbolism of orchards in the Victorian imagination, and now I'm working on gendered representations of apples. I have one more chapter - on apple growers and the Royal Pomological Society - left to write. I have presented at/to: The Oxford Food Symposium The Herbal History Research Network Conference Cambridge Plant Heritage Society Many different Garden Clubs, Rotary Clubs, The WI and U3A groups Trumpington Community Orchard supporters Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions Essex Postgraduate History Conference 'Scandalous Histories.' Scotsdales Garden Centre staff and customers BAVS 2016 conference The IHR workshops I am interested in all things apple related, and I help to run a community orchard in Trumpington. Cambridge. Take a look at our website and Facebook page. Trumpington Community Orchard Project website Trumpington Orchard Facebook page If you have any apple information, please get in touch.

Research and professional activities


An investigation of the social and cultural history of the apple during the Victorian era (1837-1901), with consideration of how its status influenced, and was affected by, its commercial value



Colchester Campus